The Queen’s horses Alpine, Mingulay, George, Anson, Dawn and Emma with Grooms Harriet White, Zoe McDonald, Christopher Allen and Sadie Henderson on the private grounds of Windsor Castle ahead of the country’s largest outdoor equestrian show, the Royal Windsor Horse Show
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Horses and riders on the gallops in the early morning of the opening day of the Crabbies Grand National festival at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool
Bells ‘n’ Banjo ridden by Gavin Sheehan (number 2) beats Champagne Present ridden by Tony McCoy to win the Membership at Southwell Golf Club Novices’ Hurdle Race at Southwell Racecourse.
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The horse and hounds of the Cheshire Forest Hunt prepares for a mid-week hunt on the 10th anniversary of the ban on hunting with hounds on Wednesday in Knutsford, England. The riders and hounds of the Cheshire Forest Hunt set off on a drag hunt through the Cheshire countryside
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Chinese Kazakh eagle hunters in the mountains of Qinghe County, Xinjiang, northwest China, travel to a festival organised by the local hunting community to promote traditional hunting practices in the mountainous region that borders Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia
Afghan horse riders compete for the goat during a friendly buzkashi match on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday. Buzkashi is a traditional and the national sport of Afghanistan, where players compete to place a goat carcass into a goal circle
Smoke shrouds members of the Dutch cavalry as 80 riders rehearsed on a beach on Monday at Scheveningen, Netherlands, outside The Hague, for ceremonies to mark the opening of parliament on Tuesday.
Horses walk through flood water behind a home in Moapa, Nevada. Flooding throughout the area damaged homes and roads
Competitors compete on the beach during the Endurance Competition at the World Equestrian Games at Dragey in Normandy, western France.
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Horses finish the Qatar Bloodstock Richmond Stakes race on Ladies Day at Goodwood in Chichester, England
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Polo players Andy Burgess (R) riding Tonka Rob Brockett riding Torda (L) and Ben Marshall (C) riding Shriva practice for the beach polo competition being held on the beach at Watergate Bay, near Newquay this weekend on Friday in Cornwall, England
Runners and riders in the parade ring before the Albany Stakes during Day Four of the 2014 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire
Tibetan participants perform on horses during a traditional equestrian competition in Hongyuan county of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in China
A lighting test is carried out on the Kelpies in Falkirk ahead of their official opening to the public later this month. Designed by sculptor Andy Scott each of The Kelpies stands up to 30 metres tall and each one weighs over 300 tonnes.
Horses being exercised on the hilltops near Leyburn, North Yorkshire on the hilltops of the Pennines as further snow is forecast for high ground across the UK.
Barry Geraghty riding Volnay De Thaix steers his mount around the fallen Prince Siegfried during the Mitie Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Horse-mounted policemen patrol oyster cultures to protect them from thieves on in Géfosse-Fontenay, France
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Work continues on The Kelpies sculptures at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal on Wednesday in Falkirk, Scotland. The two Kelpie heads are positioned at a specially constructed canal lock and basin part of the Helix project, each weighing 300 tonnes and standing 100 feet tall. The structure was designed by sculptor Andy Scott as a monument to horse-powered heritage across Central Scotland.
A worker tightens a rope to raise a four-metre-high statue of horses at a new housing complex at Parung village in Bogor, in Indonesia‘s West Java province.
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Dutch cavalry horses and their riders are exposed to smoke on Monday as they undergo a stress test on the beach in Scheveningen. The horses and riders are tested with gunfire, music and smoke ahead of the September 17 parade in The Hague and Speech from the Throne, one of the main features of government policy for the coming parliamentary session.